Sampurna Chattarji: Gift

Itinerant fragment

Rove the earth

Looking for blue snow

The cetacean’s song

The singular whisper of a feather.


Nomad of the broken syllable

Seeking the sky

May not lead to wholeness.

The flooding of air into your lung

The beginning of a difficult voyage.


Push your peripatetic beak

Into the magician’s hat.

Ribbons, scarves, copper wires, cathodes.

A ship in a bottle.

A mercury lake in the palm of a hand.


Link your lines

To the snail’s spiral.

Be unafraid of the opposite of speed.

Gather every gift

And walk across the untamed page.

Sampurna Chattarji

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